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    Affordable carbon fiber frames from lesser-known companies?

    Besides Cervelo, Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, etc, what lesser-known companies sell high-quality carbon frames at a decent price? What about those carbon fiber frames sold in ebay... are they any good?

    I've been looking to buy a used bike, and I'm always looking at the higher-priced brand-name carbon road bikes. But considering that I'm far away from being a pro, I don't really need to spend a grand on a brand-name. I'll run as fast using a carbon fiber bike from a company that nobody recognizes.

    I do prefer a road bike with a carbon frame.

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    I'd stay far away from ebay carbon frames but you can do your own research on that...there's plenty of reading.

    There are tons of great frames from smaller makers. Generally they're going to be more expensive than the big brands. If you buy some no-name Chinese frame off ebay you're taking your chances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbhatup View Post
    Besides Cervelo, Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, etc, what lesser-known companies sell high-quality carbon frames at a decent price? What about those carbon fiber frames sold in ebay... are they any good?

    I've been looking to buy a used bike, and I'm always looking at the higher-priced brand-name carbon road bikes. But considering that I'm far away from being a pro, I don't really need to spend a grand on a brand-name. I'll run as fast using a carbon fiber bike from a company that nobody recognizes.

    I do prefer a road bike with a carbon frame.
    There are a lot of reputable companies selling carbon frames that don't involve a 'name' premium. Norco is one that doesn't get mentioned a lot, but their bikes are a great value for the components you get at each price point. Fuji is another one that had a decent reputation for good bikes at the various price points. Fuji is sold by Performance Bicycle, and I believe they have a really good warranty too.

    I know REI started a new in house brand called CO-OP. I've not priced them, so I don't know what the value is. I saw someone on one today and it looked like a pretty nice bike. He was very happy with it.

    I'm sure others will chime in on similar brands/bargains, but those are three two that come to mind for me.

    I know some people have had great success with no-name chinese carbon bikes. It's not something I would personally do. They are definitely inexpensive, but I don't really know how safe and reliable they are, and I'm pretty sure any warranty situation would be a nightmare if there were problems.

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    Ribble bikes. Great reviews and impressive pricing.

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    Ridley?

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    Just because it say Trek, Spec, C'dale on the side doesn't that somehow it is going to be magically better or make a better rider. It's just a lot of marketing BS. There are a lot of smaller reputable companies out there. You just have to do some searching.

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    Personally my preference would be to buy left-over models. R&A frequently has deeply discounted carbon frames of odd sizes left over from a few years back.

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    Assuming you do your own bike wrenching... take a look at https://www.canyon.com/en-us/?r=1 Their frames are made by the same contract manufacturer who makes Trek's frames.

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    Giant -- they make a lot of frames for other companies

    Performance -- Good warranty and they have a sale going on now -- they sent me a flyer yeasterday -- had a bike for $2k with Di2 -- Most of the people working there aren't cyclists, but once you get past them, Performance does have pretty good deals.

    Ribble -- I've bought several component groups from them -- they have good customer service -- you need to be OK with buying on-line though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbhatup View Post
    Besides Cervelo, Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, etc, what lesser-known companies sell high-quality carbon frames at a decent price? What about those carbon fiber frames sold in ebay... are they any good?

    I've been looking to buy a used bike, and I'm always looking at the higher-priced brand-name carbon road bikes. But considering that I'm far away from being a pro, I don't really need to spend a grand on a brand-name. I'll run as fast using a carbon fiber bike from a company that nobody recognizes.

    I do prefer a road bike with a carbon frame.
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    Holy crap, how does the OP get out of the house every morning with a decision making handicap like this? I didn't realize he'd started all of those threads!
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    Longteng LTK 118.

    Good enough for Ribble.com to use as their ultralight bike frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Assuming you do your own bike wrenching... take a look at https://www.canyon.com/en-us/?r=1 Their frames are made by the same contract manufacturer who makes Trek's frames.
    are us bike shops forbidden to work on canyons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Holy crap, how does the OP get out of the house every morning with a decision making handicap like this? I didn't realize he'd started all of those threads!
    I don't. I stay at home searching craigslist and posting here.

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    I'm thinking of building my next bike one day and will consider Yoeleo bike frames.

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    About 10 years ago I bought a Pedal Force RS2 frame and fork in a group buy. It's been a great bike. Pedal Force super-light carbon bicycle

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    I guess there's always Stradalli, though I wonder how business is since they seem to have changed their advertising emphasis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker View Post
    are us bike shops forbidden to work on canyons?
    You're a bike shop?

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